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Rainbow Party – Mason Jar Cups

The Rainbow Birthday party has come and gone.

I have regained use my of my sanity and my hands again.

I am going to break down each craft per post (because there are a lot of photos) so the next round of blog entries will be a smorgasbord of Rainbow Party posts with the final birthday party post at the end. This is shamelessly for my convenience, so that I can link up all the DIY craft/baking pages within the finale party post – and that in turn will work out for everyone else’s convenience thereafter.

If this is not your cup of tea, I promise thereafter we will return to our regularily scheduled thrifting and what new bug killed what plant in my garden posts.

I’m going to start with the first thing I made for the party. Mason Jar Sippy Cups.

These were inspired by the ones made by Rebekah at A Bit of Sunshine. I thought this was an amazing idea to do, due to our last years red cup fiasco.

Do you know what a red solo cup is? The cup that masks what you’re really drinking – an alcoholic beverage – vs seeing it in clear plastic cup.

Toby Keith even did a song about it – Red Solo Cup.

While ours didn’t contain alcohol (for the kids obviously) at last year’s BBQ meets splash pool birthday party for Little L, we bought a whole bag of them to use for regular drink cups. And the conversations after pouring the kids drinks went something like this.

“Can I have some apple juice?”

“I just gave you some apple juice. Where’s your cup?”

“I can’t find it.”

“Where did you put it?”

“I don’t know.”

“Ok I’ll get you a new one.”

After the party it looked like a College Frat House took over the backyard.

So this year I said I needed reusable or labeled cups. And because I’ve never gotten a chance to do a mason jar cup for any party ever as soon as I saw the sippy cup idea I thought perfect. Mason jar cups remind me of Atlanta where my husband’s Aunt and Uncle live and I remember when we went to visit, we were served ‘real’ ice tea out of them at various restaurants in the smoldering heat of the South.

I went and bought 2 cases of 500ml Bernardin mason jars.

The first thing I did was run everything in a dishwasher.

Then I got my husband to drill in holes in the centers of the lids and went to town filing down any sharp edges of the holes with a small filing kit. I used this Sheffield one that I picked up at Home Depot.

I wound up using the half round file more so than any of the others.

After the filing was done it was time to paint.

I initially thought for a rainbow party I’d do the cup lids in all colours of the rainbow. Then I started to do math in my head and thought 6 colours of the rainbow + 6 cans of spray paint at approx $6 each = $36 for spray paint. This was a theme was the started with the fondant sheet issue.

And if anyone has kids or has been around kids you know damn well if you give one child a cup that has a red lid and another that has a yellow lid you’re bound to hear something like this.

“Why does she get the red cup? I wanted a red cup. I don’t like yellow.”

“I didn’t want green, I wanted blue. Do you have any more blue cups?”

For the sake of world peace in the backyard, every lid was therefore going to be painted white.

After they were dry, I went to file down the rough paint edges because they looked a bit haggered from the paint drips.

When that was done, I washed them all in hot soapy water again.

If you’re going to paint jar lids for your party, do this way ahead of time. If you’re ever used spray paint, you know it takes time for the paint smell to subside.

I did these almost 2 months ahead of the party to ensure that they were cleaned up well before hand. And in case you’re wondering (because I wondered this when I saw them) there is no paint on the inside of the jar lid that would potentially touch the liquid. The only part that actually faces inward is the inside of the top of the jar lid. And there was no paint on that part.

Ok. Onto the decorating the cups.

I used the following:

– Rainbow grosgrain ribbon

Avery round metal key tags

– Velcro adhesive hooks (I picked mine up at the dollar store but you can get these anywhere you find craft or sewing supplies)

– Star shaped Brads (Sidenote – Brads? Really? Who the hell named these Brads? Paper fasteners I get. But Brads? Do you know how long it took me to find these because I didn’t know their proper scrapbooking name because I am not a scrapbooker!)

First thing I did was print up all the guests names on labels and then cut them out and stuck them onto the Avery Key tags. You can hand write but my handwriting is travesty.

For a 500 ml jar I needed an 11″ (27.9 cm) length ribbon to go all the way around.

I did 2 test strips first. Then cut out all the strips I’d need for each jar.

I then attached the velcro adhesives onto the strips. One on one side and then flipped them and did the other side – as seen below – to create a ‘hook’ for the ribbon.

I then took each strip and put it in front of my measuring tape and marked a tiny dot on the orange line of the ribbon at the center point (5.5″) of the 11″ length.

Having the measuring tape out was helpful in speeding up the process vs eyeballing the center point where I would fasten the name tags onto the ribbon.

Next up, I got my key tag + Brad (paper fastener!!!) ready…

…and then stuck in the tag/fastener through the tiny dot on the ribbon (which of course doesn’t show in that photo).

If you do this, you won’t need to pre-cut the holes. The fasteners will cut right through the grosgrain ribbon.

Then attach each ribbon around the jar.

Because each child would be taking theirs home after the party, I used the velcro adhesives so that the ribbon “labels” would stay on during the party, but then could be taken off after to wash the jars and not ruin the ribbon/name tag.

And here they are in all their glory on table as I was setting up.

Another reason I wanted to use the clear jars is we filled them up with rainbow ice cubes (of which I have almost no photos of because I was busy serving the ice cubes with the drinks – clear Sprite or water) which were probably a bigger hit for the kids than the cups.

But this year there was no red solo cup fiasco in the backyard.

Just brightly colored drinks and happy children!

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  • Reply
    The Slow Foods Mama
    August 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wow. You’re a maniac! You must be exhausted. Lucky kids – they’re going to have some great memories.

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Maniac is right! Just wait, it gets worse. I also had this great idea of using reuseable plates for the cake and pizza. That was a lesson in chaos.

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    August 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    you ARE a maniac! haha. AND you plan enough to do these two months ahead of time?! wow. they turned out great. can’t wait to see what you did next (ps you better start planning next year’s party now or everything else will pale in comparison 😉 )

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I had to plan ahead of time. Where we live we don’t have access to getting things like really item specific beads etc shipped to us from Oriental Trading within days. So I went on ebay as soon as the theme was decided to get stuff as cheap and in bulk as I could get it. Next year – HA! I already told her she gets 5 friends max!

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    August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Good grief, Alex! This is overwhelming. I was lucky to get something other than white paper plates at my birthday party… your kid is a ROCK STAR!!! 🙂 And just think… when the juice is gone they can catch crickets or lizards with them. ewwwwww!
    Seriously.. they’re fantastic…. great job!

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      Alex @ northofseven
      August 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I still remember my ice cream cake from McD’s!! However, my kid from the day she could talk, she would walk up to women in the mall and tell them she liked their shoes and the patterns on their scarves and how the outfit matched. She was born with a sense of noticing patterns and designs, that I am oblivious to. She takes great care in picking out her daily outfits to a point where the smallest details are planned out. I think that’s why I put so much effort into this party this year, b/c I knew she would really get it. She’s going to wind up working in fashion or architecture or designing someone’s home. HAHAHA they can totally catch crickets!

  • Reply
    August 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    What a great idea! Much better than having everyone write their names on their plastic cups in a black sharpie…Adorable.

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Better than the disaster of the red cups in our backyard last summer! Wish I could have done something like this for my wedding back in the day.

  • Reply
    August 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    OMG diva doll! I love these they turned out so beautiful!!! Seriously now I want one for myself!! I want to see the ice cubes in the jar pls! GREAT JOB!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Ok I’ll make sure to make you one for your next birthday! I barely have any photos of the ice cubes but I’ll get on that.

  • Reply
    August 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    wow! Nice memorabilia..:) lots of effort but with great result..

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    August 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely adorable… Plus? You look like mom of the year!

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    Apartment Envy
    August 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure every mom at the party hates you for being so amazing 😉 These are awesome! Totally stealing an adult version of this idea for a future party!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Nah! They all know me. They know it all started with the handmade Christmas Cards. Now I’ve set this expectation level where if I buy something it’s like “Uhhh…excuse me, what’s this?” It can sometimes backfire on you.
      YES do the adult version! I am debating on orange, black and white stripes for Halloween.

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    August 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I just bought jars with the flower type lid $6 each. Wish I would have thought of this or seen this first. Well maybe next time!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      If it makes you feel any better I am like Queen of Round 2 around here. Especially baking. I usually figure it all out after I’ve made a mess of trying it the first time. Just use them for the next party! 🙂

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    August 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

    These are SO cute and makes me think that my plan of handing my friends a black sharpie for their red solo cup might be a bit tacky. 🙂 I love that you can make these ahead of time and customize them for any occasion. Well done lady, well done! I’m pinning this too.

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      August 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

      What someone needs to invent is a portable beer bottle label that doesn’t involve charms clanking on the bottle. I’m sure there’s a good DIY out there somewhere if not, we’ve got to get on that because that’s what we always wind up mixing up around 11 pm for “grown up parties”.

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